An attorney for inmates says a federal report detailing problems at Alabama's prison for women is revealing.
Bryan Stevenson of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative says the study "wakes people up" by showing what's going on at Tutwiler prison, located in Wetumpka.
Stevenson tells the Montgomery Advertiser a long-term solution is needed to fix the state's prisons.
Stevenson's organization last year alleged widespread abuse of inmates and sexual misconduct at Tutwiler involving corrections officers.
A Justice Department report is criticizing the way female inmates are treated at Alabama's lone prison for women.
A study by the National Institute of Corrections says there have been reports of sexual abuse of female prisoners, and officials haven't always treated those complaints in the proper manner.
(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)
Alabama's prison system has changed a policy that required placing inmates who make a complaint into segregation while the issue is being investigated.